ABC Evening News for Friday, May 06, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Bonn, West Germany) West German federal archivist said proving documents reported to be diaries of Adolf Hitler were actually written decade after his death; details outlined, films of Nazi era shown. Passages of diaries noted lifted verbatim from 1962 book; exs. given. [Archivist Hans BOOMS - discusses evidence pointing to forgery.] Both neo-Nazi plot to improve Hitler's image and USSR efforts to inspire antagonism among West allies said considered motive behind hoax; London's "Sunday Times" said announcing cancellation of series on diaries. ["Times" spokesperson Arthur BRITTENDEN - will try to recover losses with "Stern.] Stern" publisher Henri Nannen said vol. halting publication of documents.
REPORTER: Hal Walker